I started with a copy of my birth certificate and chronologically added documents that have occurred through my life. I have added school documents, photos and stories. Of course this book is never ending at this point. As I think of occurrences that have happened in my life, I try take note so I remember to write about it. Sometimes simple little conversations, photos and others experiences jog our memories to times past.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Have You Added "This" to Your Genealogy Collection?
We all love to collect information on our ancestors and their collateral lines. We learn about their lives, what they did where they lived and who with among other wonderful things.
How many of us have thought, or taken the time to document our own lives? Do you have documents, pictures and stories of your life organized for your descendants? How long do we still have to wait until the next census release in order to find out more about our grandparents and great grandparents?
Why not help those descendants so they don't have to wait, with a book about YOU! I thought about this several years ago when I began a proper filing system and began compiling information about my life. I have a large binder (does that age me?) full of information, all in archival protected sleeves.
I photographed each home that I have lived in during my life, and documented my accomplishments. I am by no means completely caught up with this project, but work on it occasionally. I haven't worked on it for awhile though and hope to update my book soon. I have many new items to add! The sky is the limit, add any and everything!
Don't we all wish we had a book like this that our grandparents left for us? Sure it may take away from the "search" but what a treasure trove of information! With this my life's story will be almost complete, and a genealogist and or family historian can quickly move back to the next generation if they so choose. Really, how tough is it to add our story to a binder, who knows it best?
I unfortunately, wasn't left with a treasure trove of information on my grandparents. I have worked hard to find out what I now know and am still trying to learn. I know I wouldn't have turned down a treasure trove.
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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!